The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)

UK, 1972
35mm film, colour, black and white, 3D sequence
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Pete Walker.

Plot Summary

A group of actors move into a seaside theatre to rehearse a new show and are murdered one-by-one by an unseen killer.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Pete Walker
© 1972 Peter Walker (Heritage) Ltd.
A Pete Walker production. Produced entirely on location by Peter Walker (Heritage) Ltd
Produced by: Pete Walker
Production Manager: Robert Fennell
Screenplay by: Alfred Shaughnessy
Ass’t Directors: Brian Lawrence, Paul Fell
Photographed by: Peter Jessop
Camera Operator: John Metcalfe
Follow Focus: Tim Ross
Gaffer: Jim Davis
Stills Photography: Ricky Smith *
Supervising Editor: Matt McCarthy *
Edited by: Ron Pope
Assistant Editor: Jim Rodden *
Post Production Supervisor: Matt McCarthy
Processing: Kay Laboratories Ltd
Music Composed & Conducted by: Cyril Ornadel
Sound Recordist: Peter O’Connor
Boom Operator: Nick Flowers
Dubbing Mixer: Tony Anscombe
Make-up: Bill Lodge

Ray Brooks [Mike]
Jenny Hanley [Julia]
Luan Peters [Carol]
Robin Askwith [Simon]
Candace Glendenning [Sarah]
Tristan Rogers [Tony]
Judy Matheson [Jane]
David Howey [John]
Elizabeth Bradley [Mrs Saunders]
Rodney Diak [Warner]
Penny Meredith [Angela]
Sally Lahee [Iris Vokins]
Raymond Young [Inspector Walsh]
Carol Allen [librarian]
Alan Curtis [Jack Phipps/Iago]
Brian Tulley [Willesden]
Jane Cardew [Lady Pamela Downes/Desdemona]
Tom Mennard [Fred/S.D. Keeper]
Stuart Bevan [Harry Mulligan/Cassio]
Michael Knowles [Inspector Curran]
Kent Baker [mortuary attendant]
John Yule [Gerry]
Jess Conrad [young actor]
Patrick Barr [Major Bell/Sir Arnold Gates/Othello]
Raymond George [Stephen Brant] *
L.W. Clarke [constable] *
Pete Walker [Ludovico] *

Alternative Titles

Im Rampenlicht des Bösen – West German title
Le rideau de la mort – French title
Le théâtre de l’angoisse – French video title
Verinen naamio – Finnish title
Шоу плоти и крови – Russian title

Extracts included in
42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2005)
42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition (2012)


CinemaTV Today no.10005 4 November 1972 p.16
Fangoria no.256 September 2006 p.64 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Dan Kaye)
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 no.467 (December 1972) p.249 – credits, synopsis, review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.254
Film Review 1972-1973 by F. Maurice Speed p.219 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.136
X-Cert 2: The British Independent Horror Film 1971-1983 pp.126-132; 277